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Pray for Silence (Kate Burkholder #2)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Sworn to Silence delivers an electrifying thriller—Chief of Police Kate Burkholder must confront a dark evil to solve the mysterious murders of an entire Amish family
In the quiet town of Painters Mill, an Amish family of seven has been found brutally murdered on their farm. Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and he
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Published June 22nd 2010 by Macmillan Audio (first published 2010)
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Anne I'm new to this author also, I think they can be read alone, but having read the first one, I have a better sense of heroine and her story.. I'd…moreI'm new to this author also, I think they can be read alone, but having read the first one, I have a better sense of heroine and her story.. I'd suggest trying to read in order. Good but gruesome.(less)
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Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
“There are monsters living among us. People who look no different than you and me. But they lack a fundamental component of the human species: a conscience.”

An Amish family of seven is annihilated at twilight in the tiny farming community of Painters Mill, Ohio. Kate Burkholder, Chief of Police, has her hands full trying to cover as much ground in the crucial first forty-eight hours of the homicide. Because of the cruelty and brutality inflicted on the victims, Burkholder immediately calls in fo
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for the faint of heart. It starts with the gruesome murder of an Amish family of seven and goes from there. I really like Kate Burkholder, the formerly Amish police chief. This crime really hits home for her, reminding her of her youth. She's troubled to begin with and this crime doesn't do anything to bring her peace.
Well written and fast paced. This was one of those books I kept trying to squeeze in just one more chapter. I had read the first book in the series a while ago, j
Jun 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Sadly disappointed. I really enjoyed "Sworn to Silence" and looked forward to reading this one. I'm happy that I didn't spend any money on it since I could not finish it. The gory descriptions of the killings of the Plank family are not for the faint of heart and I had a hard time reading through the first 40 pages or so. My biggest problem, however, is that Ms. Castillo must think her readers are stupid. Why else, would we need to be reminded on every other page that Kate Burkholder grew up Ami ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kate Burkholder and her detectives are severely challenged when an entire Amish family of seven is discovered brutally murdered on their farm. One was an infant and the two daughters were horrifically assaulted. They begin the investigation to determine who would have a motive and capability of committing such a heinous act and discover one of the daughters had been living a secret life.

The crime was horrific and the details aren't spared so be prepared. However, all that occurs in the beginning
Lynne Davis
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller by Linda Castillo, as police chief Kate Burkholder tries to solve the horrific murder of a family in Amish farm country. I never saw the killer until all was revealed at the very end. A good addition to this excellent series.
Sean Peters
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Linda Castillo and the second Kate Burkholder books.

One family. One horrific murder. An entire town under suspicion…

The Planks moved from Lancaster County Pennsylvania to the small Amish community of Painters Mill, hoping to resume the comforts of the Plain Life in Ohio. Less than one year later, the family of seven is found dead—slaughtered on their own farm.

This isn't just any brutal murder, either- a family of seven, Amish, bound and slaughtered. Sound pretty gruesome?
Jenni Boyd
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police chief Kate Burkholder, receives a call in the middle of the night of a shooting at an Amish farm. The moment she steps inside the darkened house, her senses first smell the stench of blood, before the beam of her flashlight reveals the carnage within. Desperately searching for any survivors, she follows a trail of blood, finding more victims until she reaches the barn, but nothing can prepare her for the horror that she discovers inside.

With no clues, no evidence, Kate is baffled has to w
Tim The Enchanter
Excellent Crime Thriller - 4 Stars

Me and Kate Burkholder are not quite seeing eye to eye. Her and her friends need to have their mouths washed out with some soap. We get it already, you are not God-fearing, pacifist Amish. If the penchant for drinking away pain and the intimidation of witnesses didn't give us this impression, the frequent f-bombs certainly clue us in. Although I really do enjoy the wonderful writing and meticulous plots, I going to have to put the series aside. The excessive
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the problem I have with series. The repetition of what happens in the first or previous book, the replay of each character's personality. It becomes annoying after a while. Why does all the information have to be repeated all over again? If someone wants to start with the second, third, etc book, then that's the risk that person runs of not having a full understanding of the storyline. However, for those of us who choose to start series from the beginning, I don't want to have to have it ...more
Skid was totally over the graveyard shift! The only thing which made it slightly more bearable was the diner where he (Officer Chuck Skidmore) would venture each night, so he could chat up the waitress. Chatting to Mona back at the station to alleviate the boredom was another past-time; but when he heard screaming, like a wild animal in pain, he reported in to Mona, telling her he would take a look at the Plank farm, which was where the sound seemed to come from.

The Plank family were Amish and
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, adult, series
Pray for Silence is the second book in the Kate Burkholder series. I did not enjoy it as much as the first, for a few reasons.

Reason one being that I do not care for some of the tactics Kate and Tomasetti use in dealing with suspects. I know they are supposed to be flawed with personal demons, but it doesn't endear them to me.

Reason two is that Tomasetti annoys me with his attitude towards his superiors. Sure he's flawed and he went through some terrible things that left him in a psych ward for
Pray for Silence
5 Stars

Painter’s Mill Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder, is called to a horrific crime scene at the Plank farm where the entire family has been brutally murdered. As the Planks secrets slowly come to light, Kate uncovers a depraved web of evil that threatens the peace and tranquility of her supposedly innocent small town.

Intense from the very first with a crime that is both heartbreaking and sickening.
***Warning:*** The descriptions of the crimes are dark, disturbing and even st
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Wow! Totally gripping, dark, graphic, intense read! I was completely sucked in as Chief of Police Kate Burkeholder investigates the brutal murder of an Amish family of seven including children. The crimes are particularly cold and disturbing, causing even seasoned cops to bow their heads in despair. As Kate struggles with a case that hits a little too close to home, she is joined by John Tomasetti who continues to battle his own demons. The book centers on the investigation as Kate peels away th ...more
"Authors are always asked where they get their ideas, and the truth is that most of the time we don't know. An idea is a weird thing--usually, it's like a grain of sand that your brain worries into a pearl." ~Karin Slaughter, author

*PRAY FOR SILENCE* is a black pearl. Horrific, lurid, morbid and gritty. I knew it was thriller when I started the book but I was still shocked by some of the content. Kate and John's romance progressed sporadically. I learned a few more details about some of the town
Rosario (
This series centres arount Kate Burkholder, who's Chief of Police in the small Ohio town of Painters Mill. Kate grew up in an Amish family but left the community as a teenager. Still, her past helps her deal with cases involving any members of the large Amish community in the area, as they have a tendency to mistrust the "English" police.

In this, the second book in the series, Kate must investigate the shockingly brutal murder of an entire Amish family. Initial enquiries indicate that the Planks
Aug 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the pleasures of a good mystery is the way it shakes up and recomposes the moral world, and its particularly interesting to watch this process play out in the midst of a religious community different from one's own. Thus the interest in Father Brown's salvation ethic, Rabbi Small's application of Talmudic reasoning, etc. I turned to Linda Castillo's fallen-away Amish detective with hope she would tell me something about the human condition from the perspective of the Plain People. But no. ...more
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I could not put this book down. Full review to come.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

While not unique, the Amish backdrop in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder novels is intriguing. What is unique is that her protagonist is a young, former Amish, female police chief in a small, rural Ohio town.

In Pray for Silence, the second in the Burkholder series, an Amish family of seven is found brutally murdered on their farm, and Chief Burkholder and her small police force must investigate. Realizing she needs additional help, she calls upon her BCI pal, Jo
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I read this is a rather short time, but in the end I was a bit disappointed. I was totally gripped until about 80%, but then I started skimming and the whole thing lost me. For one, the repeating of Kate's Amish upbringing and everything Amish got boring. Second, the whole development had several similarities to the previous book. Kate, although said to have lots of experience as a police officer, nevertheless, in both books she came up with several harebrained ideas. The murderer was a
Small town Ohio Amish innocence meets the darkest underbelly of humanity. Heavily violent, and stomach turning pornography and worse. The vilest of the vile of racist, prejudicial users of human beings. I found myself disgusted by the specificity of this book. The police procedural was interesting and I enjoyed the look into Amish culture. I liked the recurring characters enough I will likely revisit.
Julie (A Girl and a Book)
I am so in love with the series. It has just the right amount of grittiness that I love and I just can't read these books fast enough. Although the mystery in this one wasn't as good as the first in my opinion it was still fun. And I really enjoyed getting to know Kate even more through out this book, she is turning to such a great character.
I already went ahead and checked the 3rd book out from the library so hopefully I'll be getting to it soon!
Brenda H
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo, Pray for Silence opens with one of Painter’s Mills' deputies discovering multiple deaths at an Amish farm. Seven people are dead – the father (with a gun in his hand) and his 2 sons in the house, the mother clutching an infant dead in the yard and the 2 teenage daughters tortured and killed in the barn. At first, the scene looks like a case of murder-suicide – but is it? As Chief of Police Kate Burkholder and her team work the scen ...more
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid thriller..., May 12, 2010

This review is from: Pray for Silence: A Thriller (Kate Burkholder) (Hardcover)

This is the second book in a series to follow Sworn to Silence (Kate Burkholder) and it features Painters Mill Police Chief Kate Burkholder -- ex Amish Ohio native turned "English" when she decides to leave the church she was raised in at age eighteen. She's the kind of single woman cop I like -- tough but sensitive, damaged by her past yet still open to new rel
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars

I'm really enjoying this gritty mystery series.The second book in this series is just as strong as the first. Castillo has a knack for writing engaging stories with strong characters. Her writing is decent, although she has a tendency to reuse phrases too often. There is some very dark and disturbing content in her books, with detailed descriptions of both physical and sexual violence. Despite the difficult subject matter, I was, once again, hooked into the mystery. Highly recommend to
Stacy Green
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars because I read it in two days, and the murder plot kept me entertained. I didn't feel like it kept me quite as emotionally invested as the first. And I did notice parallels to the plotting in the first, which is fine, but I think that's why this book didn't seem quite as original as the first. However, the plot was solid and very dark, so be warned. I'm still invested enough in the main character to continue the series.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, giving up on this series. Everything seems so random. How they investigate and find clues. And I didn't really remember who the suspects were, which was kind of a problem.

And this was the kind of dark I just don't like. Sometimes I can handle darkness. But I don't want graphic descriptions of (view spoiler).
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Questo è il secondo romanzo con protagonista Kate Burkholder e inizialmente ero un po’ preoccupata di non riuscire a capire alcuni passaggi non avendo letto il primo, preoccupazione assolutamente inutile. La protagonista fa riferimento al caso precedente ma gli accenni sono così rari e brevi che non fanno sorgere domande.
Linda Castillo ha creato un romanzo thriller usando come movente il più classico e intramontabile fra quelli a cui si può pensare: un segreto.
“Tre persone possono tenere un seg
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs
Pray For Silence by Linda Castillo

This is the second installment of Linda Castillo's Amish detective/police procedural series; and while it may be enjoyable and even advisable for you to read her first novel "Sworn to Silence" to get a better idea of the background of our main characters, the town and the religion, it is not absolutely necessary. Though I have a feeling that once you've read "Pray For Silence" you'll be hunting down the last book to see what you have missed!

This book is set in t
I bought this on sale, not knowing it was the second in a series. I was tempted to buy the first book to start from there but I'm very glad I didn't. I had so many issues with this book I'm not even sure where to start.
First off, I guess, was the character of Kate herself. I don't really have a problem with flawed characters but this woman was a mess. Flipping out on suspects, allowing her 'boyfriend' to continue to help even though it could have ruined her case, putting herself and other off
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pray for Silence is the second book in a series about the Amish in Painters Mill, Ohio. The Plank family moved into a centuries-old home from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and now the entire seven member family is found dead by Officer Skidmore. When Chief of police Kate Burkholder, who had been raised Amish, sees the scene, she swears to find the person responsible for the carnage. State Agent John Tomasetti arrives to assist in solving the crime. He and Kate had worked together on a former case and ...more
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Linda Castillo is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kate Burkholder series, including Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing, crime thrillers set in Amish country. Sworn to Silence was recently adapted into a Lifetime original movie titled An Amish Murder starring Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder.

Castillo is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of
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Kate Burkholder (10 books)
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